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The Golden State Warriors on Tuesday shot down reports saying they would not visit the White House after winning the 2017 championship, but apparently, Steve Kerr made his decision months ago.
According to Monte Pool of NBC Bay Area, Kerr decided in November that if the Warriors won the championship, he wouldn’t accept an invitation to the Donald Trump White House.
Kerr, according to Pool, withheld his stance because it would be “presumptuous” to discuss such a decision in November, with so much season yet to be played.
Kerr has been a vocal critic of Trump since Trump’s election. He blasted Trump’s proposed travel ban as “going against the principles of what our country is about.” He also called Trump a “blowhard” and said he’s unfit to be president.
There are other signs that suggest the Warriors will make a political statement, as Pool reports.
According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, prior to the Warriors’ championship-clinching Game 5, Andre Iguodala was asked if he would accept an invitation to the White House and said “hell nah.” Iguodala also said he believes Trump’s election has worsened the racial divide in America.
Additionally, reserve guard Shaun Livingston reportedly said he would turn down an invite, and reserve big man David West called Trump’s election “unnerving.”
However, Iguodala told Amick that ultimately, the team would follow their leader – Stephen Curry.
And if that’s any indication, Curry criticized Trump after Under Armour CEO called Trump an “asset” to the country. Curry responded, “I agree with that description if you remove the ‘et’ from asset.”
Of course, the Warriors still have to actually receive that invite, but thus far, the signs are pointing to the team skipping any White House visit.